The joy of sledding

We didn’t have a white Christmas this year. We didn’t have “the most wonderful time of the year” type of Christmas either. With omnicron surging and holiday gatherings put on hold, we hunkered down and skipped the usual plans we would have made with the kids. We decided not to get together with friends for…

Thinking back: A view on “mom friends” as an expat

Anyone call tell you that friendships are some of the most important relationships you’ll have in your life. From the early days of preschool or kindergarten, friendships are essential, and it’s interesting to think about how these bonds form at various times in your life. For example, high school feels like prime time for friendships:…

Summer begins

We haven’t had a “normal” beginning of summer in a few years – the kind when school ends and you’ve got plans for camps or outings with family and friends; you’ve got towels and swimsuits in the back of the car just in case; you’ve got popsicles in the freezer and marshmallows in the cupboard….

Taking Steps

Smack, smack, smack-smack… You can hear him coming: his hands pat the floor as he pulls his whole crawling self in one direction or another. He’s getting faster, without a doubt. He is a little explorer, this one: the dishwasher, the stairs, the toys that belong to his brother and sister, the vacuum (but only…

Why not start a home project?

I mean, what’s one more 2020 roller coaster? Yep, now that we’re back in the US to stay, we’ve jumped on the #fixerupper #demoday #homeproject #biggerkitchenplease #everythingtakeslongerthanyouthink bandwagons. We knew this year would be full of transitions and chaos; here’s hoping that facing them all in one fell swoop means less chaos later. Rip the…

On the eve of October…

It’s a cooler, half-overcast, half-sunny day: sweater weather, I’d say. Trees have started to change color. Time for jackets at the playground and socks instead of sandals. Pumpkins are popping up on doorsteps and rakes will soon get dragged out of the garage. These are the sensations we didn’t get in Tokyo. I have missed…

Coming Home

Well, we’re no longer expats. Despite the pandemic and limited travel options, we made the trek back to Michigan a little more than two weeks ago. It’s strange to think our Japan adventure has truly ended. It was all a bit of a whirlwind as we prepared for the move and said goodbye to the…

Our Tokyo pandemic baby

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I published a post. Since my last post, my son completed his school year in early June, my daughter had an extra few weeks of school until July, and most remarkably, we welcomed a new baby to our family! Noah Alexander was born on June 17; he…

By Friday…

I’ve really been trying to be optimistic and as upbeat as possible during these weeks of staying home and keeping to ourselves. But by Friday each week, like many of you, I imagine, I’m at the end of my rope and it’s all I can do not to throw up my hands and leave my…

Tokyo’s State of Emergency…ish…

We’re nearing the end of Week 10 over here in Tokyo. Writing this in the first week of May, I think back to the first week of March, when both of my children’s international schools closed. At the time it was only for the month of March, with plans to return to school after spring…